March 29, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres short stop Jason Barlett (8) hits a 2 shot run 2nd inning home run against the Chicago Cubs at the Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
For those of you that didn’t catch the game on television last night (or were at it) at one point during the first half, one of the announcers said, referring to the first team offense and Philip Rivers, “You know it’s like batting .180 in spring training, it doesn’t mean anything yet, they’ll get it worked out.” For those of you that don’t know, the starting offense has come out pretty flat through the first two games, and it’s not just our beloved quarterback. As we know Rivers has thrown three picks to only one touchdown, and the starters have scored a total of only seven points.
Now, I’m not one to freak and pull the plug so-to-speak at small things that can be fixed however, after last year this is beginning to worry me. On the other hand though, it was the second preseason game, against a talented defense, and the team hasn’t seen “real-game action” in a little over six months. Those can sound like excuses to me however; they would explain the offenses struggles. Another reason could be because of the injuries and the additions, maybe the players just aren’t clicking well yet. Again it is only the third week of the preseason and the starters have only played a few quarters so far. I just hope that we can get it all settled for Friday which should be a tell-tale game, the starters will play at least two quarters on both sides and we need to score.
I do believe we will be able to score some good points on a consistent basis this year, and I do believe Rivers will bounce back however; I just can’t help but get a little nervous. Again only time will tell, but what do you all think, is it really like “batting .180 in spring training?” How worried are you or should we be?